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Speak up for the DreamersDebbie Rambo

At Catholic Charities, our mission to help those in need often leads us to work closely with those who have immigrated to the United States in search of a better life. Through our work with immigrant ...

The legacy of Father Joseph FinottiThomas Lester

Sept. 21, 2017 will mark 200 years since the birth of Father Joseph Maria Finotti, who served in the Archdiocese of Boston from 1852 to 1876. Father Finotti was born in Ferrara, Italy, on Sept. 21, 1817. ...

A reason to hopeFather James Ronan

Maybe you have heard or read stories about a person who has committed or has attempted suicide. Everyone's heart constricts hearing these accounts, and there are so many. In 2014 there were 11,014 hospital ...

Remembering the Impossible Dream -- VClark Booth

For much of September that unforgettable year it was like the veritable calm before the storm; a lingering spell of uncertainty in which many dared not believe that what was happening was actually happening. ...

Speaker Ryan invites a social doctrine conversationGeorge Weigel

CNN is not the customary locale-of-choice for a catechesis on Catholic social doctrine. But that's what Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, offered viewers of a CNN national town ...

Groupthinking and moral viewsRussell Shaw

As a kind of back-to-school gift to students, professors at three of the nation's prestige schools offered them a piece of good advice: "Think for yourself." "The danger any student--or faculty member--faces ...

Tearing down prejudiceGreg Erlandson

Watching TV images of crowds pulling down a statue of a Civil War soldier in North Carolina, I found myself thinking of a 16th-century pope named Paul IV. He was so loathed by Romans, Jews and Christians ...

Hate: An equal opportunity employer?Richard Doerflinger

President Donald Trump recently said something important about the bigotry and violence on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere. His Aug. 21 remarks at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, ...

Baseball's September songClark Booth

Barring convolutions, mad dashes, or mere meltdowns that would be downright historic, this September has the makings of being the dullest stretch-run in baseball's recent annals; not a good thing. With ...

Superheroes? Stardust? Or vessels of the Incarnation?George Weigel

When I was first introduced to the fascinations of the DNA double-helix in a biology class at Baltimore's St. Paul Latin High School, fifty years ago, the "unraveling" of this key to unlocking the mysteries ...